SIERRA VISTA - COCHISE
FORT HUACHUCA - HUACHUCA CITY - HEREFORD
VISTA, ARIZONA is just over 50 years old. It began
as a support town to US Army base, FORT
HUACHUCA, which opened in 1954. However, the original
Historic Fort Huachuca, was established in 1877. "Huachuca"
is a Pima Indian word which means "thunder".
One of the missions of Historic Fort Huachuca was to protect settlers
from Apache Indian raids. Fort Huachuca was also
the original home of the Buffalo Soldiers for two
decades, and the Fort was used strategically in the military operation
against Francisco "Pancho" Villa in the
early 1900's. Today, Fort Huachuca is a National Historic Landmark,
and operates the Fort
Huachuca Historical Museum.
Sierra Vista is home to retirees, military
personnel, and those that work in support businesses or organizations.
The surrounding mountains rise to nearly
9000 feet, and Sierra Vista's elevation of 4633 feet above
sea level, which makes it cooler than Tucson.
Tourism is an important part of Sierra Vista's economy, and the
tourist towns of Tombstone and
Bisbee are in close proximity.
Also nearby is Santa
Cruz County , Arizona's other wine country, where you will find
Before you head to Tombstone, you may want to be inspired by Dolan
Ellis, Arizona’s Official State Balladeer,
or the Annual
Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering.
Sierra Vista has hiking, camping,
mountain biking, hunting, star gazing, bird watching, golfing, and
more. There are over 1050 hotel
rooms and nearly 80 restaurants in the Sierra Vista area. For things
to do and enjoy on the base, visit the Fort
Huachuca MWR site.
National Memorial and Montezuma
Pass, within the Memorial, are two historic places to visit.
The Memorial commemorates the first organized expedition into the
Southwest by Conquistador Francisco Vásquez de Coronado.
San Pedro Valley offers wonderful opportunities for bird watching.
You can find good viewing at Sawmill Huachuca, The
San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, Ramsey
Canyon and other canyons including Ash, Carr and
Miller Canyons. The
Huachuca Audubon Society offer excellent information on birding.
Also, each August, there is an annual
Southwest Wing's Birding and Nature Festival in Sierra Vista.
Some of the unique places to stay while bird watching
or hiking, include Ramsey
Canyon Cabins, Birders
Vista Bed & Breakfast, Gasthaus
Mountain View, and Casa
de San Pedro B&B Inn.
CITY is located at the northern end of Fort Huachuca.
Huachuca City started out as a a rail stop, along the Southern
Pacific Railroad. The rail stretched between Tombstone
and is no longer in operation today. Today, Huachuca City is a stop
on the Recreational Vehicle Circuit where you can stay and explore.
Nearby parks include Tombstone
Territories and Mountain
View RV Park. RV
City offers complete RV service near these parks. Like the rest
of Cochise County, Huachuca City is growing and has many new
of Arizona has a annex in Sierra Vista. The University
of Arizona Football Team will be conducting summer practice
in Sierra Vista.
Just south of Sierra Vista, is HEREFORD,
where you can visit Our
Lady of the Sierras Shrine.
For more information on Sierra Vista, visit Sierra
Vista Convention and Visitor's Bureau, City
of Sierra Vista, and Sierra
Thanks for Visiting
Pictures/Photos of Sierra Vista and Fort Huachuca, Arizona
A Visitors Guide to ARIZONA's COCHISE